Cage Warriors Champion Paul Hughes On Signing With PFL Over UFC

Former Cage Warriors featherweight titleholder Paul Hughes had other options besides the PFL for his next step, and he has now explained the reason for his choice.

Hughes (11-1) will debut in PFL’s Bellator Champions Series this June in Dublin, Ireland, but many fans still question the prospect’s reasoning for not pursuing a spot in the UFC.

In a recent interview with MMA Junkie, Hughes explained that he had an offer from the UFC, but the money was not hitting the mark he was hoping for.

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“I, of course, had an offer from the UFC,” Hughes said. “I’m trail blazing my own path here, and I am on my own journey, and I am forging a new journey for myself. But also for younger fighters coming up through this game that have star potential, you don’t have to always just go this pathway of what you’re being told to do. You’re most likely not getting compensated for it at the beginning of your career. Why should you have to fight a few years before you start making money when you bring the value to the table where you should be getting paid your worth?

“I understand if you’re a younger fighter coming up and you have six, seven, eight fights and you don’t really have a name for yourself, you haven’t won word titles outside of the organization, then go down that pathway potentially. But not many fighters come out the other side of this game with money in the bank, and the value I bring to this game and my fights and this sport and the atmosphere and the feeling that I bring, I deserve to get compensated for that. I believe I bring something different to the table.”

Through his time with Cage Warriors, he accumulated a record of 8-1 with the promotion. While he did most of his past work at-pounds, Hughes will make his PFL debut in the lightweight division.

Bellator Champions Series: Dublin will take place on June 22nd from 3Arena. The U.S. broadcast will be available on MAX beginning at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT.


 Bellator Champions Series: Dublin Full Card

  • Main Event: Jason Jackson vs. Ramazan Kuramagomedov
  • Co-Main: Paul Hughes vs. Bobby King
  • Sinead Kavanagh vs. Arlene Blencowe
  • Kasum Kasumov vs. Matheus Mattos
  • Norbert Novenyi Jr. vs. Dalton Rosta
  • Michelle Montague vs. Karolina Sobek
  • Nathan Kelly vs. Fabacary Diatta
  • Brian Moore vs. Francesco Nuzzi
  • Sarvarjon Khamidov vs. Marcirley Alves
  • Olena Kolesnyk vs. Sara Collins
  • Simeon Powell vs. Abdellah Er-Ramy
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